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Need stressed for energy conservation in industry to improve productivity

ISLAMABAD: Industry should focus on energy conservation by promoting the use of energy efficient equipment & machinery that will help in saving sufficient energy and making more power available for manufacturing units to enhance productivity.
This was said by Malik Yousaf Awan, Chief Executive Officer, Islamabad Electric Supply Company while addressing a seminar on energy conservation at Islamabad
Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The seminar was organized by IESCO in collaboration with National Energy Conservation Centre (ENERCON) and Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A large number of industrialists and traders attended the event.
IESCO Chief said government was making serious efforts to improve power generation and promote energy conservation in order to bridge the demand supply gap. He said industrial sector was consuming about 38% of the nation’s commercial energy and it should contribute towards energy saving that would reduce energy wastage, improve productivity and international competitiveness of our economy.
He said IESCO was in process of rehabilitating power network and streetlights in the local markets to address the power supply issues of business community.
In his welcome address, Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said energy shortage was taking a heavy toll on business and industry and all possible means should be adopted to conserve maximum energy to run the wheel of economy smoothly.
He said government should reduce duties on the import of energy efficient lights and equipment to bring them in the reach of common man that would help in saving sufficient energy.
He said electricity demand in Pakistan was rising by 8-10 percent annually while power generation remained almost stagnant for the last many years creating a big gap in demand and supply. In these circumstances, it was essential to take pragmatic steps not only to generate more electricity, but also to reduce demand through energy conservation.
He said government should launch massive awareness campaigns on energy conservation for general public using all media options that would change the attitudes and lifestyles of people to conserve more energy. He assured that business community would cooperate with the government in energy conservation measures for improving the national economy.
The representatives of ENERCON gave a detailed presentation on energy conservation tips. They said up to 25% annual energy could be saved in all sectors and Pakistan could yearly save $5 billion by promoting energy conservation.
They said energy conservation measures could save 25% energy in industry, 20% in transport & agriculture and 30% in buildings.
They said industries should conduct industrial audits of their systems that will help in identifying gaps, controlling energy wastage, reducing energy costs and improving productivity.
They said government has drafted a Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill to promote energy conservation that will hopefully be passed by the parliament this year.


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